MySpace was not initially announced as a part of OpenSocial, leading many to believe that it was absent from the project despite the fact that it already has a search and advertising contract with Google. In an interview with CNET News.com on Wednesday, Google's director of product management, Joe Kraus, said "We would love MySpace to be a part of it," which technically neither confirmed nor … Read more
The Silicon Alley Insider's Peter Kafka reported Thursday morning that he heard MySpace will be announcing a partnership with Google's new social-networking project, OpenSocial--potentially before the end of the day.
MySpace, which already has its search and advertising functions powered by Google, has not yet responded to requests for comment.
If true, this would probably be a good thing for MySpace, which has lost its place in the social media spotlight to Facebook (though it still leads in traffic and membership) and is struggling to play catch-up by working on a developer platform strategy that may not see … Read more
When Google announced that its new social-networking initiative would extend to any site that wanted to participate, the land grab for the social Web's attention just got a whole lot more intense.
In a move that was anticipated for weeks, Google has unveiled a set of application program interfaces (APIs) that allow third-party programmers to build widgets that take advantage of personal data and profile connections on a social-networking site. But instead of limiting the project to its own social-networking property, Orkut, Google has invited other sites along for the ride--including LinkedIn, Hi5, Plaxo, Ning, and Friendster.
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Online advertising firm AdBrite is set to announce on Tuesday a new program to serve ads for third-party Facebook applications. Considering it a niche "channel" alongside existing AdBrite verticals, the company has launched a new Web-based interface so that Facebook application developers can join the program and make their inventories "instantly available to AdBrite's large base of advertisers."
The company saw it as a logical move, AdBrite co-founder Philip Kaplan said in an interview with CNET News.com. "We've just had a lot of Facebook applications signing up to use AdBrite," he … Read more
If we want bigger software markets, we need to develop the developers who will create them. That's the lesson I take from this article on HIV research. Researchers are learning that it's a Very Good Thing to enable local scientists in Uganda and elsewhere to tackle HIV research, in large part because the closer someone is to the problem, the better positioned they are to think intelligently about how to solve it.
"Old fashioned 'parachute science' -- where scientists from the developed world flew in, bled a few patients, and immediately returned to their country of origin with their samples, are no longer required or acceptable. In-house development and research is an effective and efficient way forward," said Professor Frances Gotch, one of the commentary's authors from the Division of Investigative Science at Imperial College....… Read more
The market for unofficial third-party iPhone applications has been somewhat stagnant in recent weeks. After a flurry of initial activity, the pace slowed considerably, perhaps in part due to iPhone software/firmware 1.1.1's temporary disablement of easy third-party app installation methods.
Though there's now a method for adding native applications to 1.1.1 iPhones that is even easier than the original AppTapp method (and an unofficial SDK), other factors continue to mitigate the unofficial market:Developers have yet to establish a method for monetizing native iPhone applications; Apple could introduce a new iPhone software/firmware … Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif.--I'm down in the Valley on Thursday for the RoboDevelopment conference, and, having been to a few other robotics events, something seems very different.
In the past, I've been to RoboNexus, a show aimed at presenting kids and adults alike with the latest developments in robotics technology. And I've been to RoboGames, a display of pure robot-on-robot battle fury.
And there's no doubt that Robo Development is different. For one, it's smaller. For two, there's no pervasive grinding sound from the gnashing teeth of gears and claws and, well, saw blades … Read more
Alan Cox emailed me this morning to note a presentation he gave way back in 2000 called "Dear Mr Brooks, or: Software engineering in the free software world." It's no surprise to me that my recent blog post (on the topic of optimally sized development teams) was better articulated by Alan many years ago.
What was surprising is just how prescient Alan's talk was. And how informative. For anyone who has ever wondered how open-source software development works compared to proprietary-software development, this is an absolute must read. Alan is one of the most influential developers of the Linux kernel, and his experience shows through.
Among many other interesting points, I really liked Alan's discussion of how project momentum begins and how marketing is important but different in open source:
When you release a free software project, you do things in a different order. Firstly, you get some code. Hopefully, it just about works. And you document it as "Needs fixing, needs this, needs that."
But most free software code, to get other people involved in the project, it has to work. It doesn't matter if it's hard to compile. It doesn't matter if it only works on one machine in five. And it doesn't matter if it eats the data file every so often. So long as sometimes, the right results happen, people will start to pick up the project and use it. They start to use it, and then they have to fix it. … Read more
WiserEarth, which launched in May, is an open-source database of more than 107,000 do-good organizations, with 5,400 users around the world.
The site incorporates Google Maps, wikis, and discussion groups, as well as listings of events, resources, and jobs. Users can create and maintain profile pages, and chat with members of other groups. Areas of focus range from agriculture to health to media to work, and popular forum discussions involve poverty, gender, and "planetary development." More calendars and regionally focused content hubs are being created.